Catholic Relief Services issued a statement this afternoon, indicating that Rick Estridge, the Vice President for Oversees Finance has resigned from the organization. CRS did not disclose whether this resignation came with a severance package or other financial benefits.
In its public statement, CRS said:
“CRS respects Mr. Estridge’s decision and thanks him for his service. He has done a tremendous job during his years at CRS and will be missed. We are grateful that he has agreed to be available as needed for consultation to ensure a smooth transition.”
This is a strange thing for a Catholic organization to say about a departing employee whose actions violently assaulted the very Church for which he worked. Let’s be clear, same-sex “marriage” attacks the very core of the Catholic Faith! And in addition to being in a same-sex “marriage,” Mr. Estridge publicly suggested that an Oklahoma state Representative be sent to “Gitmo” (Federal prison for terrorists) just for filing three bills against same-sex “marriage.” So, with all this in mind, why would CRS find any difficulty in parting ways with an individual acting so hatefully toward Holy Mother Church?
Suppose, instead of being in a same-sex “marriage,” Estridge was moonlighting as an abortionist, killing babies in their mothers’ wombs during his off-hours. Would CRS have given him such a sorrowful send-off? What if he was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, advocating for genocide in Africa. Would CRS have hesitated to remove him from his position? Or would CRS maintain that he merely held a “technical” position, saying that abortion and racism are “complex issues” as Dr. Carolyn Woo recently called same-sex “marriage”?
The fact of the matter is that same-sex “marriage” is at least as much a crime against Holy Mother Church as abortion, and certainly more so than racism.
Attacking the Lepanto Institute, and the organizations who brought this matter to the public, CRS said:
“CRS also wants to express its strong objection to these types of attacks and the tactics of the groups which launch them. This highly personal, public critique broadcast Mr. Estridge’s home address and used derogatory terms that are now part of the online record. This has caused great pain for many people. As a Catholic agency, CRS is committed to treating all people with the respect and compassion they deserve as children of God. We detest hurtful campaigns that do not build up, but undermine, individuals and Church agencies carrying out the mission of bringing the love of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering.”
So … let me get this straight. CRS objects to public campaigns against persons that are hurtful and undermine individuals and Church agencies. So, does this not apply to CRS employees who engage in public campaigns, calling on state representatives to be sent to “Gitmo” due to work opposing same-sex “marriage?” Does it not apply to CRS executives who undermine the Catholic Church with hurtful campaigns to destroy the family by codifying same-sex “marriage” in our society?
This isn’t complicated, folks … when you read CRS’s statement, it’s clear that CRS is more interested in the way the world views things than the way God views them. Possibly, that’s because more than two thirds of its funding comes from the Federal Government. When you take the king’s coin, you do the king’s bidding.
It’s that simple.